Back in the day, I was an Art History major. I spent three years in a dark room with an elderly white professor, staring at the images of white people and old churches on the screen.
My professor was a great storyteller. He earned his degrees after coming back from Italy, where he’d fought as a US soldier. WWII. His lecture on Circa 1600 often included the mention of Errol Flynn and/or Ava Gardner. I LOVED it.
This post is a sequel to 30 questions I would ask a prolific artist from last week.
- What are your obsessions, past and present?
- What are the current art trends you follow?
- Upcoming exhibits you think I should try?
- What is your cultural background?
- What was your worldview growing up?
- Where did you spend your childhood?
- Who were your childhood heroes?
- What was your single favorite activity growing up?
- How has that changed over the years?
- How did they help shape the way you approach your work?
- Where is the first piece of art you made now?
- Who are your biggest influences?
- Who do you hope to influence and how?
- Where would you place yourself in the history of art?
- When I find a place for your art at my place, what story should I share with my guests (who stop by to check it out)?
- Who do you consider your contemporary?
- How do you price your work?
- How much is this piece?
- How do you describe yourself stylistically?
- What is a favorite story you tell other people about your work? What do they say about it?
- Can you come up with another story?
- Do you feel misunderstood by your audience?
- What is your take on any artist’s need to be understood?
- What do we (i.e., your audience) get all wrong?
- What do we (i.e., your audience) get reasonably right?
- What is the story behind this piece?
- Why did you make it?
- Fill in the blanks. My art is a mashup of ___________, ___________, and ___________.
- What are your favorite big words to describe your work?
- What are the adjectives you use to describe your work?
- What are you thinking when you work?
- I mean, what is happening when you work?
- How do you describe that particular style, medium, expression, technique, chi, force, whatever you chose to employ?
- How many hours do you work every day?
- How do you treat your tools and work environment in general?
- What is the most awkward thing about being an artist?
- What is the most awkward thing about being a human?
1日1冊：Daniel Ortberg「Texts from Jane Eyre: And other conversations with your favorite literary characters」、Ijeoma Oluo「So You Want to Talk About Race」とMarc Lewis「The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease」続き。